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You have joined us at the web pages for the Hutt Valley Branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists.  This site provides information for our branch members and also for anyone interested in researching their family history in the Hutt Valley area.

This is our Main Website.  These pages were created for viewing on a device with a bigger screen, such as a Notebook or desktop PC.

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Our Branch generally meets twice a month at the Petone Public Library meeting room, 7-11 Britannia Street, Petone.  Evening access is via the door from the Peel Place Car Park.

Parking is available in Peel Place Car Park, next to the Libary, and accessed from either Britannia St or Richmond St.  This map shows Peel Place Car Park.

Visitors are most welcome.

Select Go to Meetings from the menu above for more information, and Coming Up to see our calendar of meeting topics and events.

  Family History Research Day - 30 April 2016


Last Post ceremony - like to be involved?
Pukeahu National War Memorial Park

Every day at 5pm, a Last Post ceremony is conducted on the forecourt of the National War Memorial in Wellington, and will be conducted every evening until 11 November 2018. 

The service, which lasts approximately 7 minutes, incorporates the lowering of the two New Zealand flags at the Memorial, the playing of the Last Post by a bugler, the observation of one minute's silence and the recitation of the Ode of Remembrance in both te reo Māori and English.

The bugler and the Ode Reciter roles are open to anyone who wants to be involved.  On days where no member of the public has registered to participate, these roles will be filled by New Zealand Defence Force personnel.

If you would like to play the Last Post at the Ceremony or recite the Ode in either te reo Māori, or English, or both languages, then please complete the online form and a representative of the New Zealand Defence Force will contact you to confirm details.

Last Post Music

Coming Up


Thurs 14 April 2016, 7:30pm

'The Christophers Boys: My debt of gratitude for four years of sacrifice' - Herb Christophers

Herb Christophers will talk about the four Christophers brothers who were killed in WWI, and Herb's journey to Gallipoli last year as the New Zealand custodian of the poppy wall on the liner Queen Elizabeth.

The Christophers brothers were the subject of the book "The Poppy Boys" by Southland Boy's High School archivist Lynley Dear.

Thurs 21 April 2016, 10:00am

'A Miscellany'

Members are invited to share their memories of growing up, whether in New Zealand or abroad.


Thurs 12 May 2016, 7:30pm

See Annual General Meeting' webpage

Guest Speaker - Warwick Johnston: 
A local history topic to be confirmed

For more details see Meetings Coming Up.